Army and Air Force squared off for the 42nd time on Saturday and the 20th time at Falcon Stadium. The Black Knights have prevailed in just three of those 20 matchups on Air Force’s home field and just once (2005) since 1977. The Falcons enjoy a 28-13-1 advantage in the academies’ overall series.
Saturday’s matchup against Air Force marked Army’s only game against a school from the Mountain West Conference this season. Following Saturday’s verdict, the Black Knights are now 20-34-1 all-time against teams the currently comprise the Mountain West Conference.
With Saturday’s loss to Air Force, Army’s losing streak away from Michie Stadium stretched to 10 games. The Black Knights have now lost eight consecutive games on their opponent’s home field.
Army lost the opening coin toss for the fourth straight game and for the seventh time in nine games this season.
Senior WR Jeremy Trimble, who became Army’s career receptions leader earlier this season against Central Michigan, extended his consecutive games streak with at least one reception to 19 games dating back to last year. Trimble has pulled down at least two passes in each of those 19 contests. Trimble stretched his school record career reception total to 161 with two receptions on Saturday.
Jeremy Trimble was held without a touchdown reception for the first time in five games. Trimble had tied the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch with four. Trimble stands tied with Mike Fahnestock (USMA ’81) for third place on Army’s career touchdown receptions list with 13.
Jeremy Trimble finished with 55 receiving yards on two receptions. Trimble moved to within 153 receiving yards of the Black Knights’ career record. He is only the second player in Army history to record more than 2,000 career receiving yards (2,126).
Sophomore QB Carson Williams entered the Top 10 of Army’s career completions list Saturday, hitting on 14 of 39 pass attempts versus Air Force. Williams currently holds down ninth place on the list with 168 career completions. Carson moved into seventh place on the single-season completion list (108).
Carson Williams’ 164 passing yards moved him into ninth place on Army’s single-season list with 1,281.
Carson Williams entered the Top 10 of Army’s career touchdown passes list when he hit TE Ernie Bernal for a 2-yard scoring aerial in the second quarter. Williams moved into a tie for 10th place on the list, throwing the 12th TD pass of his Army career. He is currently tied with Glenn Davis (USMA ’47) and Dave Bourland (USMA ’58).
Senior FB Mike Viti established season highs in both rushing attempts (six) and rushing yards (19) against Air Force. Viti’s season highs in both categories entering the contest were four and 12, respectively. Viti rushed four times for 18 yards in the first quarter alone on Saturday.
Sophomore TE Ernie Bernal registered his first career reception, pulling down a pass in the first quarter. He notched his first career touchdown catch in the second quarter, hauling in a 2-yard scoring aerial from QB Carson Williams.
Sophomore DE Nick Emmons registered his first career start against Air Force. Fourteen different players have recorded their first career starts for the Black Knights this season, nine on defense and five on offense.
Junior LB Frank Scappaticci notched his second career interception in the second quarter. Scappaticci returned the pickoff 21 yards to the Air Force 4-yard line, setting up an Army touchdown that tied the score at 10-10. Scappaticci made a career-high 11 tackles.
Junior LB John Plumstead made a career-high 10 tackles. Plumstead set his previous career best of nine last time out at Georgia Tech.
Senior LB Brian Chmura made a career-high 13 tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES:
Senior P-K Owen enjoyed a brilliant day punting for the Black Knights, averaging 58.3 yards per punt. Tolson punted four times in the first half, averaging 55.8 yards per kick. In the second half he punted four times for 243 yards, averaging 60.8 yards per kick. He has now drilled 19 punts at least 50 yards this season, while eight of his kicks have traveled at least 60 yards. He blasted a season-long 65-yarder on his first punt of the second half, then topped that standard with a 67-yarder later in the third stanza.
Owen Tolson drilled a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter, his sixth field goal of the season. Tolson has made four of his last five field goal attempts dating back to early October.